TIFTON - Local children can get free school supplies and learn how to prevent problems with crime, drugs and teen pregnancy during a community outreach planned for Saturday.

"Save Our Children from the Street," sponsored by New Covenant Church, Professional Court Services and other local organizations, will feature a police officer, a minister and a school counselor as speakers.

This will be the first time the event has been held, but organizers hope it can become an annual project.

"I believe God put 'Save our Children from the Street' upon my heart because our children are struggling with crime, drugs and pregnancy," said organizer Katrina Clark.

"We see children on TV shooting, killing and bombing schools. We see babies having babies. If we as a community reach out and change the mind of a troubled child, then I believe God will be pleased."

Activities will begin at 11 a.m. at Fulwood Park. There will be a cake walk, games, free hot dogs and drinks, arts and crafts, a battle of talent from different community churches and a Christian DJ.

Speakers will be Kenneth Bone, Wal-Mart assistant manager; Eleanor Waller, a middle school counselor; Shirley Strawter, a coach at Len Lastinger; Mark Holloway, youth pastor at New Covenant; and Lt. Garfield Rhaney of the Tifton Police Department.

Volunteers are still needed to help with the crafts and games or donate supplies. For more information, call Clark at 387-7117.

"This is for all children to come out and enjoy," said co-organizer Debra Hicks. "We want to do all we can to get our children off the streets and tell them it's not all about crime, drugs, breaking into places or getting pregnant."

To contact city editor Florence Rankin, call 382-4321, ext. 209.

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